Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • Large and flexible loadspace trumps key rivals
  • Enormous array of cubbies to hide valuables in
  • Will paler interior trims stand the test of time?

How much space is there?

A large part of any SUV’s appeal is its practicality and the second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan is no exception in this respect. Depending on the specification you choose you’ll find an assortment of storage pockets and cubbies from dash-top lidded ones to drawers under the front seats.

It’s not only where you can carry things, but how they’re stowed. Many Tiguans have a front passenger seat which folds completely over to enable longer items to be swallowed with ease. It’s a really useful feature and complements the 40:20:40 split-folding rear-seat arrangement.

Rear seat space is better than in the related Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq because the Tiguan is a little longer. Leg and head room is good for the class, although we’d also suggest looking at the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson if that’s important to you. Regular Tiguans are five-seat only, although a seven seat Tiguan Allspace is available.

Boot space and storage

That’s not the back seat’s only trick: in a 60:40 split, the seat base slides forwards and back, increasing the Tiguan’s boot volume from 520 litres to 615 litres in the process. Those figures outrank the BMW X1, Ateca, Karoq and Nissan Qashqai, but the Sportage and Tucson get awfully close without having to slide the rear bench forward.

It’s worth noting, however, that models fitted with the eHybrid powertrain lose a large chunk of boot space – bringing that load area down to 476 litres. That’s because the location of the batteries under the rear seats has necessitated the re-siting of the petrol tank below the boot floor. That’s fairly typical of the class, although the Sportage and Tucson aren’t anywhere near as negatively impacted.

Fold the seats over, creating a near-flat load area, and the VW is still at the pointy end of the class. In fact, there’s precious-little we can fault the Tiguan on, practicality-wise, save for how fresh some of the lighter-hued fabric interior trims might remain once they’ve spent a few months running the gauntlet of family life.

Is it easy to park?

The Tiguan falls into the mid-sized SUV category. Front and rear parking sensors are standard on Life models and up, while a rear view camera is standard on Elegance and above.

It can also be specced with Volkswagen’s Parking Assistant. This can autonomously park the car for you. It’s pretty slick and effortless. Press the button, pull forwards, let the sensors do their work, then sit back and marvel at the steering wheel moving on its own. It’s quicker to parallel park yourself, but where’s the fun in that?

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Safety

  • Five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating
  • Pop-up bonnet for pedestrian protection
  • Raft of additional safety gear available

Safety is a key consideration when buying an SUV as a family car and the Volkswagen Tiguan is packed with a wealth of standard features, as well as several optional ones, to maintain the security of its occupants. It received a full five-star rating from Euro NCAP when it was tested in 2016, although it’s worth pointing out that the tests have got tougher since then.

All Tiguans come complete with seven airbags – including one for the driver’s knee – as well as a raft of electronic safety aids, such as autonomous emergency braking, reducing the likelihood of you having to experience any of them being deployed.

Pedestrians are offered a further degree of protection thanks to active bonnet mounts which lift the body panel up and away from the engine in the event of a frontal collision.

Depending on the specification chosen, additional safety kit will either be standard or optional at extra cost, including a very effective adaptive cruise control system, a head-up display pod which is a paragon of clarity, matrix LED headlamps and various alerts for changing lanes without indicating or reversing out into oncoming traffic.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Tiguan.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Central locking
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
Standard Trim optional equipment
None available

Active equipment

Active standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Active optional equipment
None available

Elegance equipment

Elegance standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Elegance optional equipment
None available

Life equipment

Life standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Life optional equipment
  • Front fog lights

Match equipment

Match standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
Match optional equipment
None available

Moda equipment

Moda standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
Moda optional equipment
None available

R equipment

R standard equipment
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
R optional equipment
None available

R Line equipment

R Line standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
R Line optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Space saver spare wheel

R Line Tech equipment

R Line Tech standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
R Line Tech optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

R-Line equipment

R-Line standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
R-Line optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Space saver spare wheel

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel
S optional equipment
  • CD
  • Folding rear seats

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE optional equipment
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats

SE Nav equipment

SE Nav standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE Nav optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats

SEL equipment

SEL standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
SEL optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • PAS

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Volkswagen Tiguan was tested by Euro NCAP in 2016 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2016
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 96%
Child Occupant: 84%
Vulnerable Road Users: 72%
Safety Assist: 68%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.